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Burlington County Freeholder Deputy Director Linda Hughes announced today that Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs has been selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) South Jersey to receive the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award at their 15th Annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala.
Each year the South Jersey Chapter of NAWBO recognizes outstanding individuals in the local community who have demonstrated leadership roles in their professions, have been active in their communities, and have served as mentors and role models for women business owners and women in business.
“Kate is a role model for women of all ages and walks of life. She is a true public servant in everything that she does and I could not think of someone more deserving of this prestigious award,” said Deputy Director Hughes. “She is someone who sets the bar high; Kate is currently the youngest female Freeholder Director in the state of New Jersey and was one of the youngest Freeholders in the State when she was first elected to the Board.”
Gibbs has served on the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2016. She was elected to serve as Deputy Director in 2016 and 2017 and Director in 2018, each time unanimously.
As Director, Gibbs has made it a priority to grow the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women, which works to identify and address issues that affect women in Burlington County, raise public awareness of the special needs and roles of women, and enhance the quality of life for all women. Additionally, she has directed the County’s Department of Human Resources to provide mandatory sexual harassment training and retraining for all county employees.
Prior to joining the Freeholder Board, Gibbs served on the Rowan College at Burlington County Board of Trustees where she worked closely with the County’s Workforce Development Institute and played an active role in establishing the College’s partnership with Rowan University.
“I am absolutely honored to receive NAWBO’s 2018 Legislator of the Year Award. Public service is something that I am incredibly passionate about and it is humbling to be recognized for the work I am doing on behalf of Burlington County residents and women,” concluded Kate Gibbs. “It is so important to ensure that women’s voices are heard, and I hope that I inspire other young women to get more involved and give back to their communities.”
NAWBO South Jersey is dedicated to providing support, education, mentoring, and networking opportunities for women business owners and their associates in the region. The Legislator of the Year award will be presented at the 2018 Annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala and Fundraiser on February 15, 2018 at the Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ.